If asked what your number 1 beauty essential was, what would you say? Your holy grail foundation? That perfect red lipstick? Or that fragrance that just smells like you? Mine has to be this book, Pretty Honest by the beautiful Sali Hughes because I literally consult it for everything. From what to buy my girlfriends for their birthdays to what foundation suits your skin tone, to how to act when visiting a beauty counter; this book has all the beauty information that you could ever need.
My favourite thing about this book is the manner in which it's written, it's almost like you're getting beauty advice from your mum or a really good friend. Like the name suggests, it's totally honest (sometimes a bit too honest, I quote "I've no idea who first decreed that all women over 35 should cut off their hair, but I'd be mustard-keen to knock them out") but that's what makes it great.
It's all of the questions you've always wanted to ask (like, how do I approach a beauty counter?) rolled into a handy book that I can honestly say is like my bible; I refer to it whenever I need some beauty inspiration or advice. My favourite sections are Red Lipstick, Foundation, Getting the Perfect Manicure and Pedicure and How to Look Good in a Picture, but there are so many more.
If you are stuck for a gift to get the girl who has everything, this is perfect. I received it as a gift from one of my best friends, and it has been in pride of place on my bedside table since, I can't recommend this enough.
Have you read this book? Do you have any other beauty book recommendations? I'd love to try out some more!